Practitioners' Comments on China's Attempt To Frame Falun Gong Over the "Anthrax Mail"
During the APEC meetings in Shanghai, the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Sun Yuxi claimed that two pieces of mail suspected of having been contaminated with anthrax were found in China. Though he did not give details, he pointed out that one of the letters contained "Falun Gong truth-clarifying literature." A Chinese TV station in Chicago interviewed some scholars and Falun Gong practitioners regarding this incident.
Practitioner A (Ph.D. in Computer Science): When terrorists carry out attacks, they adopt any possible means to cover their tracks. It has been several weeks since the first anthrax mail was found in the US. The FBI has put a large amount of resources and manpower into the investigation, but they have found few clues. Even though the American government put up an award of one million dollars for the arrest of the perpetrators, they have not arrested anyone so far. This shows that whoever sent these letters were careful not to reveal their true identity. However, the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry claimed that the suspected anthrax mail contained "Falun Gong truth-clarifying literature." Isn't it an obvious attempt to frame Falun Gong? The sender of the letter wanted to fan hatred against Falun Gong around the world. If there were such a letter, we would like to ask, "Who sent it?" Only those who hate Falun Gong most would do such a thing. Who hates Falun Gong the most? It's Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, and their followers. Isn't that obvious? This is not entirely unexpected. Indeed, Jiang Zemin's strategy for persecuting Falun Gong includes "smearing their reputation, cutting off their resources, and destroying their bodies." This incident is exactly the result of such a strategy of state terrorism, which has been carried out through the persecution in the past two years plus. If you think about it carefully, you will see that this conduct is stupid and cruel. If you say that because the anthrax bacteria were sent with Falun Gong literature, it must be Falun Gong who did it. What if someone sent it with the Party Charter? Would you say that the Party did it?
Practitioner B (Ph.D. in Physics): I have a question about the bacteria. Who has the ability to manufacture, ship, store, process, and apply biochemical weapons including anthrax bacteria? Only a few countries with well-developed weaponry have the technology, and China is one of them. If there were really such a letter with anthrax bacteria in it sent to a citizen, it means that those who want to frame Falun Gong are wicked and insane. They were so determined to smear Falun Gong that they would risk large-scale outbreaks of anthrax and the resulting damage of the state interest and loss of lives. They are the terrorists, in fact state terrorists in this case. The principles of Falun Gong are "Truthfulness, Benevolence, Forbearance." Killing is forbidden. Practitioners believe that good is rewarded with good and evil is met with evil. Therefore, they are always considerate towards others and never hurt people. Whoever sent the contaminated mail must be against "Truthfulness, Benevolence, Forbearance." They must be false, evil, and violent. Who is like that? The group headed by Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan, to be sure. Actually, this is not the first time that they have tried to frame Falun Gong. From the fabricated 1400 cases of deaths, the so-called "self-immolations", to the anthrax mail, they have repeated their evil conduct along the same lines, only getting more and more absurd each time. They put up a show without even thinking about whether people will believe such a ridiculous incident. It is just too stupid.
Practitioner C (Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering): I have been practicing Falun Gong for over five years. During that time, nobody has ever pushed me or pressured me. Falun Gong teaches people to be good from the bottom of their hearts, following the principles of "Truthfulness, Benevolence, Forbearance." I find it hard to believe that Falun Gong practitioners would do anything to hurt other people. Ever since Jiang Zemin started the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, he has made full use of the state propaganda machine to defame Falun Gong. Many people have been deceived by the slanderous stories and smear campaign. In fact, hundreds of thousands of practitioners have been beaten and detained since 1999. The number of reported deaths of practitioners while in police custody has reached 300. The actual number of deaths is over 1000, but this is unknown to the outside world because of the tight control of information in China. In spite of the severe persecution, none of the practitioners ever resort to violence or hurt other people as retaliation. From this point of view, we can say that the practitioners have done extremely well in following the principles that they believe in. Jiang Zemin and his followers are afraid of the truth being known, so they tightly seal the information and keep people ignorant of what is happening so that their lies could continue. I would like to ask - if the letter was really sent by Falun Gong practitioners, will the Chinese government allow a third party in the international community to carry out an independent investigation? Isn't it to their advantage to have confirmation from a third party? Everything that Falun Gong practitioners do is open. We welcome any investigation from an independent and unbiased institution. Will Jiang Zemin and his group accept the investigation? Dare they do that?
Practitioner D (Senior Engineer): I have been through every political movement of the Party. Each one was a campaign of persecution, and none of them reasonable. They have all been "supported" by unfounded rumors and accusations. The persecution of Falun Gong seems even more absurd. People only practice their own exercises, posing no threat to the government, yet Jiang Zemin gives orders to have them arrested, beaten, and silenced. The severity of his accusations against them is escalating. The practitioners are accused of "eating human flesh," "killing their parents," even carrying out "self-immolation." Each and every one of the charges is a lie and fabrication. Now they created this anthrax mail and associated it with Falun Gong. Isn't it an obvious attempt to frame innocent people?
In summary, Jiang Zemin is taking advantage of the concerns of the world about terrorist acts to escalate the persecution of Falun Gong. We hereby call for a thorough investigation of the incident by the international community. We also hope that the international media will vigilantly watch over the situation and ensure that the truth is revealed.